https://www.duolingo.com/WillowSkidmore

Irish VS. Swedish

Has anyone else noticed simularities between Irish and Swedish? I have a Swedish/German friend, and we tried to converse Irish to Swedish, and we could actually kind of understand each other. If you could post simularities you have noticed, I would love to find out what you think! :)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

Irish has some loanwords from when the vikings came in, so it probably has to do with that.

I don't think being part of the Indo-European family would make that much of a difference since it's just so large & contains languages that have been separated for hundred & hundreds of years if not thousands.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

Also I wonder if the main reason you can understand her/him is because your native tongue is germanic.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ballygawley
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One of the few "common" words to suprise me was "tanaí" = thin / skinny, which in Swedish would be "tanig". That word is not much used, but in Mikael Wiehe's song "Flickan och kråkan" there is about the girl running on skinny legs "på taniga ben".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Super-Svensk
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Irish and Swedish are both Indo-European languages, so they should share some similarities even if they are not that closely related.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WillowSkidmore

Have you noticed that they both "roll"? Sorry, I don't know how else to say that.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
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Irish doesn't roll it's r's. A few people do it but it's very rare.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WillowSkidmore

They are both on branches of the Indo-European family of languages that are close together.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Windrammer
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No, they are not. Gaelic is of the Celtic branch while Swedish is Germanic. Although both are Indo-European, they're still very different.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

Yep. And the it's likely that the Celtic branch is actually related most closely to the the Italic one, including the Romance languages and the (extinct) sister languages of Latin.

And Gaelic is a branch of the Celtic ones, including Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx (and more formally known as Goidelc)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Windrammer
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I recall that the Celtic branch made up the biggest languages on the European continent at some point too, but was eventually driven to the British Isles.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WillowSkidmore

That is very true.

2 years ago
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